Sylvain Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2020
60 cases imported in the USA, we love when we get this tiny allocations. Sylvain’s villages-level Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc comes primarily from a half-hectare in La Bergerie (planted between 1958 and 1974), complemented by smaller holdings in nearby Les Perclos and the villages-classified portion of Les Pierres (both planted in the mid-1990s). La Bergerie’s mix of clay and pebbles manifests in the wine’s deft balancing of richness and minerality, and Sylvain’s restrained sulfur regimen and preference for no lees-stirring create a wine of wide-open expressiveness and stunning clarity of fruit. The 20% new wood is all but invisible—in part a positive effect of Sylvain’s preference for larger-than-standard 350-liter vessels.